P&R Weekly
Oct. 14, 2013

Last call for Maintenance Management School students
During Maintenance Management School you engage with ideas and each other; you connect with all levels of professionals receiving tips and resources related to the area of public parks and recreation operations.

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CPRS Membership Campaign

CPRS welcomes the following new members to our CPRS Community:
John Suesens (Quadriga Landscape Architecture & Planning); Tyler Burns (Arden Manor Recreation & Park District); Janet Bilbas (City of El Cerrito Recreation Department); Sarah DiBenedetto (City of El Cerrito Recreation Department); Ryan Herriman (Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District); Anna Louie (Amateur Softball Assoc.); Sinead Cunningham (City of Belmont Park & Recreation Dept.); Robert Wagner (Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District); Sarah Klose (City of Chino Hills); Shaun Ellis (City of Chula Vista Recreation Dept); Anna Roberts (San Diego State University); Ken Trone (City of Bakersfield Rec. & Parks Dept.); Larry Turpin (Structure Cast)

Professionals joining CPRS as a new member through Oct. 31 will receive a "Training Gift Voucher" from their CPRS District to use at a District training (value up to $50 — good through Oct. 2014)! Additionally, your agency will be placed into a drawing for a free 2014 Conference registration. You may download your membership application here. We would also like to welcome Candice McIntyre from OC Parks as a new member and congratulate her as the winner of our $100 Best Buy Gift Card. All new members joining CPRS between July 1 and August 31 were entered into the drawing.More

RWC Parks & Rec Depertment earns 'Champs for Change' honors
Redwood City - Woodside Patch
The work that Redwood City has done to increase fitness for thousands of young residents has earned the Parks and Recreation Department the "Champions for Change — Award of Excellence" from the Network for a Healthy California and the Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative. More

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine receives National Gold Medal award
Long Beach Post
The 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management went to Long Beach's Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, making Long Beach the largest city in the nation to win this year's award. Long Beach also won the Gold Medal three times previously; in 1988, 1998 and 2006.More

City of San Rafael wins 1st-ever Silver Beacon Award
Institute for Local Government
The Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of San Rafael with a Beacon Award for Local Leadership toward Solving Climate Change. The award was presented during the 2013 League of California Cities annual conference in Sacramento.More

Merry-go-round turns play into clean power for students in Ghana
A nonprofit called Empower Playgrounds has developed a way to harness the energy of kids playing in order to provide electricity to poor rural villages in Africa. The organization is making merry-go-rounds that have a clean tech twist — onboard kinetic energy harvesters that store that energy in batteries for later use.More

Miwok tennis court renovation moves forward with grant from United States Tennis Association
Cosumnes Community Services District
In August, the Cosumnes Community Services District, Park Maintenance Department, was awarded a grant from the United States Tennis Association for $2,875 to assist with the costs of renovating Miwok Park tennis courts.More

New 'green' playground at P.S. 261 will help prevent flooding of Gowanus Canal
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The days of the hard, asphalt school playground may be numbered: A new type of "green" playground was dedicated at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s P.S. 261 that will help manage stormwater runoff and alleviate the flooding of the Gowanus Canal. New York City and The Trust for Public Land, partners in this project, say P.S. 261's colorful new play-yard is one of up to 40 playgrounds that will include "green" infrastructure to soak up water during rainstorms, easing pressure on the city’s sewer system and improving the health of waterways. More